A red alert has been issued by the #leardblockade camp at Maules Creek in north west NSW. Major clearing has now begun in nearby Leard State Forest to make way for Whitehaven’s open-cut coal mine.

For all the latest from the camp taking direct action to protest the mine and protect the forest, click here.

Where is Leard State Forest?

Leard State Forest is a short way off the Kamilaroi Highway between Boggabri and Narrabri, and adjoins the farming community of Maules Creek, in north west NSW. 

The forest is an 8000 hectare biodiversity hotspot - home to 396 native plant and animal species. There are plans to clear more than half of the forest to make way for open-cut coal mines.

Leard State Forest is part of the Gomeroi Nation. 

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